On the fence about getting your own car? We don’t blame you. Between the car note, insurance and maintenance, it can get really expensive. Calling a cab can make it easier to get around but sometimes you just want to drive yourself. Usually, drivers without cars turn to rental companies like Hertz, Avis or Enterprise. But now, you have more options for getting in the driver’s seat. Here are three ways you can drive a car without actually owning one.
Services like Cars2Go are meant for drivers who need to make a quick trip from point A to point B. Simply open the app’s live map to locate an available vehicle and hop in. Once you reach your destination, just leave the car there for the next person to use. Cars2Go lets you rent their vehicles by the minute, hour or up to 2-days. No reservation required. The rental price includes parking, gas and insurance. Right now, you can join for $5 and they’ll throw in a $10 drive time credit. The downside is they don’t have a huge selection of vehicles. Drivers can only choose from a Smart fortwo, Mercedes-Benz GLA or the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Overall, it’s still a good option though.
Peer-to-peer car sharing
Interested in taking a BMW for a spin? Peer-to-peer car sharing services like Turo and Getaround can make your dreams a reality. What makes this situation unique is that instead of borrowing a vehicle from a company, you’ll be renting one from a regular car owner. Turo and Getaround are both free to join and have thousands of vehicles to choose from. Once you find your perfect match, book it and the owner will confirm or deny your request. All rentals are covered by insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance just in case.
Month-to-month car subscriptions
Subscription services for food, movies and magazines have been around for awhile now. It was only a matter of time before other industries crashed the party. Carma is a month-to-month car subscription service with plans ranging from $399 to $499. It’s kind of pricey but th
e fee covers your insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance. Gas is the only thing you have to worry about. If you’re one of those people who gets tired of cars easily, we have good news for you. Subscribers are allowed to swap their vehicle once every 30 days.